HSE News from the Health and Safety Executive UK

  • Case 315 – Shop bans the return of headphones

    12 Sep 2014, 3:30 pm
    A customer who purchased headphones from a high street store was told if the packaging was opened the headphones could not be returned for health and safety reasons.
  • Timber firm in court after worker’s finger amputated

    11 Sep 2014, 5:00 pm
    A Lincolnshire timber company has been fined after an agency worker lost the top of his finger in an unguarded machine.
  • Simpler explosives and acetylene regulations

    11 Sep 2014, 3:00 pm
    New laws on working safely with explosives and compressed acetylene gas  will take effect next month.
  • RR1018 – Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) in the welding environment

    11 Sep 2014, 10:00 am
    The Electromagnetic fields Directive was adopted in June 2013. Member States are required to bring into force any laws, regulations and or administrative provisions necessary to comply with the Directive by July 1st, 2016. This research report ...
  • Case 314 – Parents banned from saying goodbye to children in school playground

    11 Sep 2014, 8:00 am
    A newspaper reported that during ongoing construction work at a school, parents were banned from saying goodbye to their primary school children in the playground for ‘health and safety reasons’.
  • Case 313 – Donkey rides banned at village fete

    10 Sep 2014, 2:00 pm
    A newspaper reported that council bureaucrats banned donkey rides for children at a village fete because of health and safety concerns.
  • Working safely with acetylene – revised publication

    10 Sep 2014, 1:00 pm
    Download or buy online – This leaflet provides guidance on the fire and explosion hazards of acetylene. It is for people who use acetylene for welding, cutting and similar processes and will help them comply with their duties under the Health and ...
  • Explosives regulations 2014 – guidance

    10 Sep 2014, 12:00 pm
    The Explosives Regulations 2014 will come into force on 1 October 2014. Draft guidance has been produced for anyone who has duties under the safety provisions of the Explosives Regulations 2014, particularly employers, private individuals and other ...
  • Exploding vessel leads to court for carpet company and engineering inspection firm

    10 Sep 2014, 11:30 am
    A Kidderminster carpet company and a Surrey-based firm have been fined after a large pressure vessel, in which carpet fibres are dyed and processed, exploded, propelling the vessel’s quarter-tonne lid six metres into the air.
  • Young family left at risk after faulty gas work

    9 Sep 2014, 12:30 pm
    The owner of a building company has been prosecuted for breaching gas safety law after instructing an employee to reposition a gas flue, exposing a young family to serious health risks.
  • Contractors in court after leisure centre roof fall

    9 Sep 2014, 10:00 am
    Two building contractors have been fined after a worker broke his back when he fell four metres from a roof.
  • RR1014 – Reducing the risk of kick injury during the shackling and sticking of cattle in abattoirs

    9 Sep 2014, 8:00 am
    The purpose of this report is to investigate the shackling and sticking tasks, in order to find ways to eliminate or reduce the risk to the operator by redesigning the work task.
  • Accrington landlord in court for gas safety failing

    5 Sep 2014, 3:00 pm
    An Accrington landlord has been ordered to pay nearly £60,000 in fines and costs after he ignored repeated warnings about arranging an annual gas safety check at a house in the town. 
  • RR1013 – Research to determine the incidence, prevalence and relative risk of ill health due to chemical exposure in the chemical and downstream oil industry sector

    5 Sep 2014, 10:00 am
    This project identified seven data sources from which to assess ill health problems potentially associated with exposure to harmful chemicals in the chemical and downstream oil industry. Interrogation of these sources allowed insight into the range and ...
  • Guilty or Not Guilty? Construction companies invited to mock trial

    5 Sep 2014, 9:00 am
    Companies from the construction industry and its associated trades are being invited to a mock trial to give their verdict on a fictitious health and safety prosecution.